Kate Metten


Kate Metten is an interdisciplinary artist and production potter based in Vancouver, Canada influenced by the history of West Coast ceramics. The internal logic of these vessels is determined by intuitive construction and response to traditional material process; local clays are glazed with scavenged Hornby oyster shells pulverized into a calcium matte glaze, and reduction fired shino lustres. These objects arise out of multi-layers of decision making to develop timeless forms that reflect on Modernist philosophies of the Bauhaus, the unmaking of craft and material hierarchies. Metten is deeply concerned with the physicality of form and the indexical quality of ceramic which renders dynamic impressions of mass and surface to preserve evidence of the hand and mind in motion.

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